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Re: Default tourer?

13 December 2014 - 9:03pm
Well, it certainly ain't the Galaxy any more!

Although, not that I've really counted, but I think I see more Thorns than Surlys on the road.

Re: Default tourer?

13 December 2014 - 8:20pm
Disc trucker too. All that juvenile surliness on their site is all a marketing smoke screen. They have really sat down and thought things through. Amazing bikes. I have one. And I will die upon my steed...hc

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

13 December 2014 - 8:18pm
mercalia wrote:what about snakes? any one mention them here?

Not to mention scorpions in the deserts in the southwest. Shake shoes out in the morning before putting them on. I thought this was a joke when someone told me but it's on the Park Service website. Though in the USA scorpion bites are only life threatening to children, the elderly or hyper-sensitive people.

http://www.nature.nps.gov/biology/ipm/m ... piders.cfm


Re: Pennsylvania

13 December 2014 - 8:10pm
raybo wrote:...
... excellent links, thanks a lot.

shane wrote:... after a long day in the saddle its quiet a pain to walk endlessly around the supermarket looking for the beer section...
... I pretty well understand what you're meaning, fortunately I drink only wine ... and sometimes water as well

Re: Default tourer?

13 December 2014 - 7:48pm
Surly certainly hit the jackpot with it, right bike, right time, right price and some great marketing. I suspect many of those on that site are American, where it's a real bargain, I don't think they have the choice we do.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

13 December 2014 - 7:23pm
good point... a snake bite kit is probably a good thing to carry.

Default tourer?

13 December 2014 - 7:17pm
On a very cold day I've been browsing the Fully Loaded website.
Going off the number of photos of Surly LHT's on the site gallery,is it the default touring bike and does it deserve the accolade?

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

13 December 2014 - 4:30pm
what about snakes? any one mention them here?

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

13 December 2014 - 12:22pm
AntonioCM wrote:Hi guys,

I am not a gear geek, but I reckon there are still some material possessions I think I couldn’t go bicycle touring without.



I get the strong impression that what you really cannot do without is your underwear:

http://www.theadventurejunkies.com/worl ... ra-mexico/

I don't blame you but you did ask.

san javier

13 December 2014 - 11:05am
hi all
looking for road bike routes in this area preferably loops starting from the san javier area or there abouts
any help would be appreciated. Not busy roads please. trying also to find tour of murcia route but no luck.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

13 December 2014 - 10:05am
you're on a bike,you break down,you can't fix it...you're out in the bush...most Americans will stop and ask you if you're okay if they see you in some difficulty. They're most supporting with only the odd nutter whose aim is to kill you. Most(read x10)are very helpful,moreso than our own folk. You could always flag down a car or lorry should you think you'll need it. A lot of Americans(in the bush)have utes: bike KO'd,they'll put your bike in the back and take you and bike to the nearest town,see you're okay.

What I would take with you,buy over there,is that pepper spray. Not for bears,but for the dogs that are out on remote farms and hear/smell you coming. With no owners around,or gone out shopping,they can beat a path down to the road to savage you(?)should they catch you. The dogs seem to bark up the valleys to alert other farm dogs,then they're all on the look out foryou. I always lived/cycled in fear,but then I'm no commando. Yeah,they increased my cadence,but I never forgave them(or my fear?)for inhibiting carefree cycling. I'd rather face the bears and the pumas.

Re: Pennsylvania

13 December 2014 - 9:38am
The most important thing you need to know about PA is that they have funny booze laws. After a long day in the saddle its quiet a pain to walk endlessly around the supermarket looking for the beer section......

They only sell beer at bars(obvious) and off licenses/bottle shops (often not conveniently next to the supermarket!!!). Not the end of the world if you already know this, but quite a pain the first time you get caught out

Its a pretty part of the world, sadly I was in a bit of a hurry when I passed through, luckily you're also towards the top of the Appalachians so the hills aren't too bad. Have a good look at google maps and you'll see that a lot of the roads run NE-SW, theres a reason for that

Have fun.

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

13 December 2014 - 9:36am
Nobody seems to have mentioned CTC membership. Once upon a time, the CTC Handbook would have been tucked away in a side pocket on the Camper Longflap.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

13 December 2014 - 8:59am
I agree with most of the previous posts.

The one thing I would carry, though, having been stuck out overnight in remote areas once or twice, is a basic 'survival kit'
-small container of waterproof matches
-water purification tablets (or filter)
-emergency blanket/bivvy bag &/or bin bag (the large, heavy duty sort)
-a days worth of emergency rations or spare food
-an extra layer of warm clothes

If you are going across mountains, be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, and carry extra water, plus electrolyte tablets or drops.

A survival course is probably unnecessary, even if you get stuck out somewhere. However, if you have never been camping, and haven't built a fire with found wood, or improvised a shelter, a survival course might not be a bad idea. The chances that you will ever need it are slim, but if you do, basic knowledge and skills can make the difference between life and death.

It's not common, but it happens that someone gets a puncture, or has a mechanical, or gets lost and cannot get to the destination for the night. If it happens in a remote area, you need to be able to look after yourselves.

If you are going to truly remote areas, and you are worried about this, you can also get an emergency beacon (PLB).

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

13 December 2014 - 1:45am
Pepper Spray can't be brought from the US into Canada. You can carry bear spray, but not pepper spray. Note that bear spray is less powerful than pepper spray as a bear's nose is much more sensitive than a human's.

If you are going into some remote territory, you won't be finding motels. I've ridden through lots of towns with bold names on the map that don't have motels or any useful services.

Can you post some idea of the route you are considering? It might provide some ideas of things to be aware of that are specific to the places you'll be traveling though. Also, you are aware of the Adventure Cycling Association, right? They provide maps of bike routes all over the US and a couple into Canada. Their website is http://www.adventurecycling.org

Do you know about warmshowers.org? They have a lot of members in the US and I've often emailed members for valuable local knowledge.

Don't miss riding on the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Lake Louise, Alberta. Possibly the most stunning area I've ever ridden through.

Re: Pennsylvania

13 December 2014 - 1:34am
As a place to start, be aware that Pennsylvania has State Bike Routes: http://www.bikepa.com/routes/index.htm

This page has 14 links to information about bike touring in Pennsylvania: http://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTi ... &subtopic=

One of them is the above link and others are journals of tours I've taken that have crossed into Pennsylvania.

It is a pretty place but very hilly, so be prepared.

Is touring up to Bormio possible in April?

13 December 2014 - 1:17am
I am planning a tour for next April that will start and end in Milan and tour the lakes region and lower mountains. I plan to ride east to Verona skirting the southern parts of the lakes and the foothills and then head north into the mountains, heading west back toward Milan.

Since I will be there in early April, I figured it was best to keep the route elevation under 1000 meters as much as possible. Though, I like the idea of riding up to Bormio just to do it. It would likely be an up and back as no train services Bormio. I see that the high temperature in April in Bormio is around 40F (10C), so it would be cold.

I've roughed out a route (http://mycycletour.com/displayroute.php?RouteNumber=317), though mostly this was clicking waypoints and letting the mapping software draw the route. It isn't the actual route I'll follow but gives an idea of what I have in mind.

Has anyone ridden up to Bormio or thereabouts in April? Is this even a good idea?

I'd also be interested in any and all thoughts on my route idea or other suggestions. Note that I don't want to ride the Cinque Terre or down into Tuscany for other reasons.


12 December 2014 - 9:49pm
Just starting now to plan a couple of weeks cycling in Pennsylvania starting next April-May: anyone can advise about possible routes ??
Thank you.

Re: Danube Delta

12 December 2014 - 9:41pm
neilob wrote:... anyone been out to the Danube Delta beyond Tulcea?? ...
A couple of years ago we arrived to Tulcea as well but we didn't go further.
HOWEVER, I've been investigating quite a lot on the "beyond" possibilities and my conclusion is that for sure you can arrive to Sulina and maybe, Black Sea tides permitting, you have a good chance to get to Sfantu George (that is the South branch of Danube delta).
However if you are planning something like that, please post your query on the "international section of the romanian forum" and for sure you'll get more precise information, here below the link

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

12 December 2014 - 9:34pm
  • 100% waterproof panniers
  • A good companion, one who loves bike mechanics even better


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